Featured in many movies and named after the man that brought water to Los Angeles, Mulholland Boulevard is where I go all by my lonesome at 3:30am to get away, find some peace, quiet and just just generally decompress. You can take the “scenic route” and go up Outpost all the way to the top. Very beautiful.
Mulholland Drive is also home to some of the most exclusive and most expensive homes in the world. Many of these homes are set back from the road and offer outstanding views of downtown Los Angeles. Celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, Laurence Fishburne, Sylvester Stallone, Justin Timberlake, Michael Caine, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton and Reese Witherspoon all live nearby.
Make sure to make a stop at Runyon Park and hike down and then up. If you think you have the audacity try conquering the infamous Goat’s Jump Trail all the way to the top of the hill. One thing is for sure, you have never encountered a hill quite like this one. One day when I first arrived in Los Angeles I saw the makeshift trail and decided to explore. I knew things were a bit off when I realized that the trail was not really a trail at all. It was what was left after torrential rains had made their way down this particular path over time. It was now very dusty and one false step meant quite the fall. It only made the situation even worse to see the typical Runyon Canyon fanfare running up and down, some even skipping like it was no physical exertion whatsoever. Here I was about to have to call the authorities to MediVac me the hell out of there as my knees were buckling and I was about to pass out. No joke.
So thats Runyon if you wanna check it out. Top of the park exits to Mulholland and from there you can see a truly amazing view of downtown. Its the shot that you see in all the Hollywood movies.
I think Mulholland is one of those places you can go to get away from the noise, the people and especially the never-ending grind that is Los Angeles. It is ideal for starting at one point and driving with no particular destination in mind.
If you get hungry there is actually a pop-up food truck congregation at the top of the mountain and on Mulholland near Beverly Glen Blvd, in front of Mulholland Estates. Guess if Eddie Murphy is hungry and does not have a car, the taco truck is his closest and only alternative. The food trucks cater almost exclusively to the latino workers that fix lawns and even to asian house workers nearby. It is pretty interesting to see how cultures collide in the most unlikely of places as these two groups fraternize and get to know each other during breaks.